With three days in Glasgow, you have plenty of time to soak up the city’s atmosphere, see its most famous sights, delve into local culture, and even head out of town and into the surrounding countryside. Here are a few ways to experience the very best of Glasgow in 72 memorable hours.
Buchanan Street, Glasgow, Scotland
Closed to cars, Buchanan Street is home to a range of shops from familiar high street names to exclusive fashion designers. It offers proximity to a range of top Glasgow landmarks—including the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, Princes Square, and Nelson Mandela Place. Several Glasgow tours include the opportunity to experience the atmosphere of Buchanan Street. Travelers can learn about local architecture, culture, and food during a city center walking tour.
Things to know before you go
- Buchanan Street is a must-see attraction for shopping enthusiasts and fans of live music.
- Bring a few coins to support the street performers.
- Cars are not allowed on Buchanan Street; wear comfortable shoes to explore on foot.
How to get there
This half-mile shopping stretch is located in the heart of Glasgow’s city center and is easy to reach by two subway stops: Buchanan Street station at the northern end, and St. Enoch station at the southern end. If arriving in Glasgow by train, Buchanan Street is a short 3-minute walk from Glasgow Central Station.
When to get there
To see Buchanan Street at its most bustling, visit on a Saturday when locals of all ages arrive to shop, eat, drink, and watch the street performers. Expect the highest concentration of street performers on the weekend. When shops are closed, it’s still a pleasant place to go for a stroll.
A Cup of Tea
Travelers that are interested in architecture and design may want to seek out Buchanan Street’s Willow Tea Rooms, where Scottish architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s signature high-backed chairs are an essential part of the design.
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Buchanan Street?
What else should I know about attractions in Glasgow?
- The Lighthouse
- Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art (GoMA)
- George Square
- Glasgow Cruise Port (Greenock Ocean Terminal)
- Merchant City
- Provand's Lordship
- St. Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art
- Tenement House
- People's Palace & Winter Gardens
- Glasgow Cathedral
- Glasgow Science Centre
- Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
- The Hunterian (Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery)
- Glasgow West End
- Burrell Collection